Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's not about the birth certificate

So Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate has been released to the public and is now available for anyone to examine. That means there will be no more questioning of his legitimacy as president, the silly season can end, and we can get on with discussing our serious problems, right? Wrong.

The people who questioned the legitimacy of Obama's presidency and his citizenship will still find reasons to question it. Why? Come close and let me whisper in your ear. BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, STILL IS, AND EVER WILL BE ABOUT HIS RACE.

The people who have questioned his citizenship are racists pure and simple. They cannot stand the thought of a person with dark skin being president. Do you really think if the situation had been a white president with fair skin and blonde hair whose mother was from North Dakota and whose father was an immigrant from England and who was born in, oh, say Alaska in 1962, they would ever for a moment have questioned where he was born? No! It is simply because Barack Obama does not look like them. He is an "Other". And releasing the long-form birth certificate is not going to change that.

I'm not sure if releasing the certificate of live birth was a good idea. But it's done. I do think that now the press should demand that all the other people who are running for the presidency should release their long-form certificates and also their tax returns. I have a feeling there might be something very interesting there.

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